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Women in Space Science Award Program and Student Program

On Thursday, May 11, 2017, the Women’s Board of the Adler Planetarium will host its annual Women in Space Science Award Celebration. For fifteen years, the Women’s Board has recognized trailblazing women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with the goal of inspiring young women to pursue careers in these disciplines.

In addition to an award luncheon, featuring a keynote presentation given by this year’s honoree, the celebration includes a private afternoon program for approximately 250 young women from Chicago-area schools. Led by the award recipient and Adler astronomers and educators, students engage in hands-on, minds-on STEM workshops.

The Women in Space Science Award Celebration raises funds to support the Adler’s STEM education programming.

Award Celebration

11:30 am
The Drake Hotel

The 2017 Women in Space Science Award Celebration will be held at The Drake Hotel on Thursday, May 11, 2017. It will feature a reception for event attendees and a keynote presentation given by honoree, Beth Moses, Chief Astronaut Instructor at Virgin Galactic.

Private Student Program

2:00 pm
Adler Planetarium
By Invitation Only

Approximately 250 young women from the Chicago area will attend an interactive and inspirational talk at the Adler by our honoree. Ms. Moses will be able to share her life’s journey and how she overcame obstacles to achieve her goals. Students are encouraged to engage her in conversation, asking questions about her education, career path, and field of work.

Students will spend the remainder of the day engaged in various STEM workshops.

2017 Award Celebration Chairs

Capt. Donna Beering, Chair
Dr. Carsi Hughes, Vice-Chair

Interested in more information or sponsoring this event?

Please email us at wiss@adlerplanetarium.org.

Learn about sponsorship opportunities here.

Meet 2017 Honoree Beth Moses

Beth Moses Chief Astronaut Trainer and 2017 Women in Space Science Honoree
Beth Moses, Chief Astronaut Instructor at Virgin Galactic and 2017 Women in Space Science Honoree

The Adler will present the 2017 Women In Space Science award to Beth Moses. Beth is the SpaceShipTwo Interiors Program Manager and Chief Astronaut Instructor at Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline. Her teams are currently creating the customer cabin, training mockups, and spaceflight training program for Virgin Galactic’s future astronauts.

Beth is an aerospace engineer who joined Virgin Galactic from NASA where she served as the Spacewalk System Manager for the International Space Station (ISS). At NASA, she led the global program of human-in-the- loop tests to design the hardware used by spacewalkers to construct ISS in orbit.

She is a recipient of the Robert J. Collier trophy, the highest honor in American aerospace, for “successful design, development, and assembly of the world’s largest spacecraft, an orbiting laboratory, promising new discoveries for mankind and setting new standards for international cooperation in space.”

2017 Gold Sponsors

Amy Carbone 

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2017 Silver Sponsors

Captain Donna Beering
Rebecca Childers Caleel and Sherry Block
Mel Cooney Higgins
Caroline Becker Joss and Linda I. Celesia
The Hill Group
Dr. Carlissa Hughes

Lisa H. Lewis
Brooke MacLean
Carlette C. McMullan
Peoples Gas
Elisa Primavera-Bailey
S&C Electric Company
Sidley Austin LLP
Ulta Beauty